OK. Let me begin with this...
It was a car that made me feel bad, since I wrecked, repaired and sold it, and since even after the repairs it never quite really drove the way it did before the accident that occurred on that fateful day.
Over the course of 2 years that I had owned the vehicle, I had put in almost 300/-K.D. in repairs, since it was not covered under any warranty by the dealership, being a 10 year old+ car when I bought it.
At about 192000 km, the indicator flashers went out.
The black cooling rod just in front of the engine casing corroded due to rust, thus overheating the engine of the car. Replaced through dealership. Cost 25/-K.D.
The fuel pump broke down at a busy traffic signal, had it towed to the workshop. Total cost to replace and repair the pump 22/-KD.
The head gasket blew out at 208000 km. Cost me 50/-K.d. to replace and install the same.
The head gasket AGAIN blew out at 213000 km. Cost me 120/-K.d. to replace and install the same, including removing the clogs in the radiator and flushing the entire engine cooling system with anti-corrosion chemicals.
The car was backed into by a irresponsible teenager cruising at over 200 km in a red Corvette. My car spun around 4 times before grinding to a halt, and in the process the entire wheel bearing in the right rear just separated from the car, taking the tire along with it. The rear right door had to be replaced as a result of a direct impact from the other car. The entire repair job of replacing the door, wheel bearing, new tire and tire rim including a rear side paint job cost 120-K.D.
After this episode I sold the car as it had a very loud noise from the steering column, caused by the impact of the accident. Entire new steering column had to be replaced, which I didn't have interest nor the money to do so.
Apart from the above headaches, the car on the positive side had ample space to fit my small family of three, and huge trunk space to fit almost anything. Excellent A/C even in 45 degrees plus heat of the Middle East summer.
1st Aug 2009, 12:27
Oh, this is in kilometers. It didn't actually go that far in miles. That's actually a really short life when you compare it to a Honda or a Toyota.